Swedish city networks call for more state support

3 Jun 2020

The Swedish Local Fibre Alliance (Svenska Stadsnatsforeningen, SSNf) is calling for more government support for municipal fibre networks. The association, which represents the country’s many small, regional network developers, says that its members will be investing around SEK3.8 billion (USD406 million) in 2020, at a time when national telcos are cutting back their broadband investments.

Mikael Ek, CEO of SSNf, commented: ‘We know that many urban networks have the task of expanding the fibre network in their entire municipality, even though the profitability of the development decreases the further out into the countryside they go. This is a positive message, but without further state aid and regulatory simplifications, it will be difficult to maintain the investment figures of recent years in the future.’

In late 2016 the government adjusted the goals of its national broadband strategy by releasing the ‘Completely Connected Sweden 2025’ update, which extended the targeted broadband coverage with minimum downlink of 100Mbps to 95% of all households and businesses by end-2020. In addition, the updated strategy stated that 98% of all households/businesses should have access to broadband speeds of 1Gbps no later than 2025, with the remainder guaranteed speeds of 100Mbps (1.9%) or 30Mbps (0.1%).

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